Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1

Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1
Brand: Samsung
Category: Android Tablet
  • Display: 10.1 inches, 800 x 1280 pixels, PLS LCD, Ambient light sensor
  • Chipset: Exynos 4412 Quad
  • RAM: 2GB
  • OS: Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradable to 4.4.2 (KitKat), TouchWiz UI
  • Battery: 7000 mAh
  • Released Date: 27-08-2012



Device Type Android Tablet
Model Samsung GALAXY Note 10.1
Released August, 2012
Status Discontinued


Dimensions 262 x 180 x 8.9 mm
Weight 600 g
Colors Black, White/Silver


Display Type Display Technology => A number of display technologies and types used in mobile phones => TFT (Thin Film Transistor), IPS (In-Place Switching), OLED (Organic Light Emitting Diode), AMOLED (Active-Matrix Organic Light-Emitting Diode), Super AMOLED (an even advanced version of AMOLED), Resistive Touchscreen (Resistive touchscreens contain two layer of conductive material with a very small gap between them which acts as a resistance), Capacitive Touchsceen (Capacitive touchscreen technology consists of a layer of glass coated with a transparent conductor) PLS LCD
Size 10.1 inches
Resolution 800 x 1280 pixels
Pixel Density Pixel Density (PPI) is refers to the concentration of pixels on a particular display, measured in pixels per inch (ppi). Pixel density is calculated by dividing the diagonal pixel resolution of a display by its diagonal size, higher pixel density better display quality. 149 ppi
Features Ambient light sensor


Operating System OS => Every computer system run on a base software called Operating System (OS). Operating System controls all basic operations of the computer (such as smartphone, PDAs, tablet computers and other handheld devices). The Operating System allows the user to install and run third party applications (apps), apps are used to add new functionality to the device. Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich), upgradable to 4.4.2 (KitKat), TouchWiz UI
SIM SIM (Subscriber Identity Module) is a small card that contains mobile network subscriber's account information. This allows the phone using the card to attach to a mobile network. The SIM card is most commonly associated with GSM and UMTS mobile networks. Moving a SIM card from one phone to another allows a subscriber to switch mobile phones without having to contact their mobile network carrier. SIM cards can also be used by a phone to store limited amounts of data, such as phone numbers and text messages. Mini-SIM


Chipset Chipset is a group of integrated circuits designed to perform one or a more dedicated functions, often with real time computing constraints, Popular smartphones are equipped with more advanced embedded chipsets that can do many different tasks depending on their programming. Exynos 4412 Quad
CPU Quad-core 1.4 GHz Cortex-A9
GPU GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) is a single-chip processor designed to rapidly manipulate and alter memory to accelerate the creation of images in a frame buffer intended for output to a display, This includes things such as lighting effects, object transformations, and 3D motion. Mali-400MP4
RAM RAM (Random Access Memory) is a type of computer memory that can be accessed randomly, any byte of memory can be accessed without touching the preceding bytes that allows information to be stored and accessed quickly from random locations. RAM is the most common type of memory found in computer systems, smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices. 2GB
Internal Storage Internal Storage is a data storage space (flash memory) mostly used in smartphones, tablets and other electronic devices where operating system, apps, music, photos, videos, files and other user data Is stored. 16GB/32GB/64GB
Memory Card Slot Memory Card Slot is a special slot for inserting a memory card. Memory cards allow you to expand the phone's built-in memory, A memory card (sometimes called a flash memory card or a storage card) is a small storage medium used to store data such as text, pictures, audio, and video, for use on small, portable or remote computing devices such as mobile phones, mp3 players, digital cameras. Yes
Sensors Sensors are electronic components that detects and responds to some type of input from the physical environment. The specific input could be light, heat, motion, moisture, pressure and location, The output is generally a signal that is converted to use in computing systems, a location sensor, such as a GPS receiver is able to detect current location of your electronic device. Accelerometer, gyro, compass
3.5mm jack Yes
Loudspeaker Yes, with stereo speakers
Audio Technology DNSe 1.0


Capacity Battery Capacity is a measure (typically in Amp-hr) of the charge stored by the battery, and is determined by the mass of active material contained in the battery. The battery capacity represents the maximum amount of energy that can be extracted from the battery under certain conditions. 7000 mAh
Battery Life 33 h 20 min
Charging Non-removable Li-Ion battery


Rear Camera Camera is able to capture photographs and usually videos, The most important characteristics of a camera are the resolution (measured in megapixels), lens focus type (fixed or automatic), higher megapixel cameras are known to capture higher quality photos, but not always a good measurement of the photos quality. 5 MP
Front Camera 1.9 MP
Video 720p@30fps
Camera Features Autofocus, LED flash, Video calling
Flash Flash Light => There is commonly two types of flash lights are used in camera mobile phones, LED Flash (LED flash offers lower power consumption with drive circuitry that takes up very little room, LEDs can be strobed faster than any other light source), Xenon Flash (xenon flash produces an extremely intense full-spectrum white light for a very short duration) LED flash


Bluetooth Bluetooth is a wireless communications technology for exchanging data between mobile phones, headsets, computers and other network devices over short distances without wires, Bluetooth technology was primarily designed to support simple wireless networking of personal consumer devices. 4.0
Wi-fi Wi-Fi is a popular wireless networking technology using radio waves to provide high-speed network connections that allows devices to communicate without cords or cables, Wi-Fi is increasingly becoming the preferred mode of internet connectivity all over the world. 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot
USB Proprietary, USB 2.0
GPS GPS The Global Positioning System is a satellite-based radio navigation system, GPS permits users to determine their position, velocity and the time 24 hours a day, in all weather, anywhere in the world, In order to locate your position, your device or GPS receiver must have a clear view of the sky. A-GPS, GLONASS
NFC NFC (Near field communication) is a set of standards for smartphones and similar devices to establish peer-to-peer radio communications with each other by touching them together or bringing them into proximity, usually no more than a few inches.
Wireless Charging Wireless Charging (Inductive Charging) uses an electromagnetic field to transfer energy between two objects. This is usually done with a charging station. Energy is sent through an inductive coupling to an electrical device, which can then use that energy to charge batteries or run the device. No


User Reviews 1 User Reviews The tablet's design is praised for being handsome, but its plasticky feel and lighter weight are noted. The 10.1-inch LCD display with stylus support, known as the S Pen, is highlighted. Despite having 1024 points of sensitivity, can be slow, and app support for it is limited.

The Samsung-specific TouchWiz UI on top of Android 4.0.3 is criticized for being intense, causing system lag, and having intrusive sounds. The built-in apps, especially S Note and S Planner, are described as functional but questioned for their necessity.
- Neil Arthur from The Verge
User Reviews 2 I like the attractive design and the way it resembles the Galaxy S3 smartphone. The dual stereo speakers placed on the sides, saying that they sound excellent and louder compared to other tablets with rear firing speakers.

However, the display, stating that at 1280 x 800 resolution it is on the low end for a tablet at this price point. Other tablets like the iPad and Asus Transformer offer better, higher resolution displays which are superior for text and photos.
- Mike - DetroitBORG
User Reviews 3 The Note 10.1 for its large, bright 10.1-inch screen and powerful quad-core processor, although they note the screen resolution is not quite HD. We like the front-firing speakers for directing sound at the user and the suite of apps optimized for the S Pen stylus.

However, the construction, stating that it creaks and squeaks which is disappointing for a high-end tablet. The screen gets covered in fingerprints and oily residue very easily, showing visible stylus trails. The volume button placement is upside down in their opinion.
- Pocketnow
Tabletmonkeys Reviews Tabletmonkeys Reviews Pros:
- Attractive design similar to Galaxy S3 phone
- Good stereo speakers
- S Pen stylus for writing and drawing
- Large 10.1-inch screen
- Powerful quad core processor

- Low resolution 1280x800 display compared to iPad and other tablets
- Laggy, unoptimized TouchWiz software
- Limited stylus app support

Our Rating

The overall rating is based on review by our dedicated team and users.

  • Performance 6 / 10
  • Display 6 / 10
  • Battery 8 / 10
  • Design 7 / 10

In the dynamic landscape of tablets, the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 once stood tall, flaunting an amalgamation of style and functionality. However, as the tablet landscape evolved, so did the expectations of users.

Here's a detailed exploration of the tablet's strengths and shortcomings, as highlighted by various reviews.

Design and Physicality: Aesthetic Charm but Plastic Predicament

Praised for its resemblance to the sleek Galaxy S3 smartphone, the Galaxy Note 10.1's design captures attention.

However, the tablet falls short with its plasticky feel and a lighter weight that doesn't resonate well in the high-end tablet market.

Display Dilemma: Mixed Reactions to 10.1-inch LCD with Stylus Support

The tablet's 10.1-inch LCD display with stylus support, known as the S Pen, receives mixed reviews. While the S Pen's 1024 points of sensitivity impress, sluggishness and limited app support dampen the stylus experience.

Additionally, the 1280 x 800 resolution is criticized in comparison to competitors boasting superior displays.

Software Struggles: TouchWiz UI and Multitasking Woes

The Samsung-specific TouchWiz UI on top of Android 4.0.3 becomes a point of contention. Described as intense, it induces system lag and includes intrusive sounds.

Multitasking, a touted feature, falls short as it's confined to Samsung's apps and stumbles in performance.

Construction Concerns: Creaks, Squeaks, and Upside-Down Buttons

Despite its powerful quad-core processor, the tablet's construction disappoints. Creaks and squeaks, along with a propensity to accumulate fingerprints and oily residue, detract from the high-end experience.

The placement of volume buttons, considered upside-down by some, adds to the construction woes.

Stylus Strengths and Shortcomings: S Pen and S Note Analysis

The S Pen stylus, a highlight of the Galaxy Note 10.1, receives both applause and criticism. While the handwriting recognition impresses, the stylus experience is hindered by its slow responsiveness and limited app support.

The S Note app, designed to showcase stylus strengths, is deemed functional but needing refinement.

A Middle Ground with Room for Improvement
Commending the tablet's design, stereo speakers, S Pen stylus, and processing power, they raise concerns about the low-resolution display, laggy software, limited stylus app support, and subpar construction.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 receives a solid 8 out of 10, emphasizing commendable aspects but signaling the need for ongoing improvement in the ever-evolving world of technology.

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